Use of Scotland’s outdoors

Scotland is sparsely populated. We should take the opportunity this gives us to allow more free movement. If you live in close proximity to rivers or lakes you should be able to go fly fishing. This activity is almost always done alone and would have, at most, a minuscule effect.

Why the contribution is important

This will have a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of those who are able to participate. Fly fishing is more physical than most people realise. Not only is there walking involved but wading requires balance which is good for core strength. Many fly fishers are in an older demographic and this will provide a motivation to exercise.

by MRCockburn on May 08, 2020 at 04:07PM

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  • Posted by HarryF May 08, 2020 at 16:27

    Fly fishing is about as socially distant as it gets.
  • Posted by IanF May 08, 2020 at 18:11

    Not just fly-fishing. Many outdoor activities can and should be pursued safely in the countryside. Access to open space is vital and we can do this while socially distancing and adopting safe practices. It should be permitted to drive a reasonable distance to do this if safe parking is possible. This principle should also extend to those who have outdoor work to do.
  • Posted by Evo29 May 08, 2020 at 20:47

    Due to lockdown people will rush to places when lifted. Start by allowing people to go within certain distances. As time goes on people will slowly go back to enjoying life. If it's just lifted people like to push it and will flock to most sought after locations and risk spread
  • Posted by JanetMoxley May 08, 2020 at 21:05

    And other outdoor sports such as canoeing, horse riding etc as long as distancing can be maintained.
  • Posted by WillM May 09, 2020 at 10:03

    At present the public are largely social distancing or exercising in family groups. This policy can be continued, but allowing activities such as golf, fishing, hill walking, climbing etc. Many of these allow easy social distancing, many other activities like these could be permitted with national governing bodies providing detailed guidance on application of government guidance. Such activities may require the use of transport, but not necessarily accommodation, although camp sites could potentially provide accommodation whilst permitting social distancing. Government may be wise to initially guide on ‘range from home’, increasing as confidence in the policy grows and medical evidence supports.
  • Posted by cbellat May 10, 2020 at 13:20

    Whilst considering this, responsible access across farming land needs to be highlighted. During lambing an increase has been seen disregarding the right to responsible access.
  • Posted by Kml172 May 10, 2020 at 20:53

    Hillwalking should be allowed. Walking alone on Scotland's hills and mountains is an activity where social distancing is easy. It has been so distressing not to be able to access the hills. Travelling alone in one's own car, not seeing or speaking to anyone in remote peaceful locations, why are these activities being restricted? I always walk within my capabilities and take responsibility for my safety. I have walked for years without any problems. Since the lockdown my knees have suffered, thumping on pavements as there is no nearby countryside. My mental health is also affected. There is nowhere to find peace and isolation.
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